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Strokes: Diagnosis

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with a stroke in the most recent year for which figures are available. (140921)

[holding answer 7 June 2007]: Hospital Episode Statistics from 2004-05 suggest there were around 73,000 emergency admissions with a primary diagnosis of stroke. However, this figure under-represents the true incidence of stroke for two reasons: firstly some hospital patients who have a stroke may also have another condition as their primary diagnosis; secondly, not all stroke patients currently attend hospital.

Academic estimates suggest there are around 110,000 strokes in England per annum.